The Ohio State women’s basketball team closed out 2012 and the non-conference portion of their schedule by hosting Howard today. Coming off of a dominating performance earlier in the week, the Buckeyes looked to continue their momentum heading into Big Ten play where the schedule will get tougher.
Ohio State opened the game hot from the floor and quickly jumped to a 17-5 lead in the opening nine minutes. Howard finally got their offense going at this point but their defense still couldn’t slow down the Buckeyes and the two teams traded baskets the rest of the half; OSU went into intermission leading 33-21. The Buckeyes built their lead thanks to shooting a scoring 63% from the field but 11 turnovers kept the Bison in the game.
Howard opened the second half with a pair of baskets to trim the Ohio State lead to single digits, 33-25. The two teams traded baskets for the next few minutes and the Buckeyes led 40-32 with fourteen minutes left in the game when OSU scored 8 unanswered to extend their lead to a more comfortable 48-32 with just over ten minutes remaining on the clock. The two teams would trade baskets the rest of the way, with the Bison getting no closer than 13 points down as the Buckeyes came away with a solid, if closer than desired, 67-50 win.
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After hanging on for a close win last Friday over Temple, Ohio State climbed to 18/19th in the country. As most college students are preparing for a short week and then a relaxing Thanksgiving vacation with their family, the Buckeyes are preparing for a hectic week that features three games in a six day stretch. The Buckeyes will have practices on Wednesday and Thursday morning before dashing off to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. The team reports back for a game against Stony Brook on Friday and then a showdown on Sunday against 20/23rd ranked LSU.
OSU kicked off their busy week with tonight’s game against Howard which was expected to be much easier than the Buckeye’s last matchup. Ohio State scored the first ten points of the game and built a 16-4 lead within six minutes to make those expectations seem correct. However the Bison were not content to merely collect a paycheck and go home, instead they tightened their interior defense and upped the pressure. This proved to be successful, forcing Ohio State into 5 turnovers over a nine minute stretch. The turnovers helped Howard get their offense going and they went on a gradual 20 to 11 run to cut the Ohio State lead to 27-24 with just under five minutes remaining in the half. The Buckeyes responded, closing the half with a 10 to 4 run to head into the locker room with a 37-28 lead. Read More